Swingin' Fundraiser

Just got this email from a guy named Rick Berry. Unless you are Dustin Hoffman in "Rain Man," you probably don't remember, but I wrote about him a while ago when he was playing trumpet in a group called the Jazz Rx.

The band isn't performing anymore and with all this free time, Berry has decided to run for city council in Long Beach. To help raise money, he's throwing a bash at DiPiazza's.

Here's what he sent me:

diPiazza Feb 11, 6:00 - 8:30 pm Jazz band with:

Marcia Ford, vocals
Rick Berry, trumpet
Evan Solomon, saxes
Vern Waldron, piano
Barry Cogart, bass
Arturo Ramirez, drums

$5 cover. 2 sets.

If the show is anything like the Jazz Rx, it'll be full of bop, bebop and Latin jazz by the likes of Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Charlie Parker and Tito Puente. Or maybe not. That's the great thing about jazz -- you never know what you're getting until it's happening.

Whatever the group plays, you can be damn sure it'll be a lot more fun than a pancake breakfast or a bake sale.


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